Windows 7 Pro with XP Mode

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by MacAndMic, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. MacAndMic macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2009
    If I install Windows 7 Pro 64 bit on a mac, after I boot into Windows 7, can I then run XP mode?

    I would assume I could but I wanted to see if anyone else in here has accomplished this. I am an AutoCAD developer and need access to all 3 platforms for debugging and testing and I would really like to switch to an iMac as the only device I need.


  2. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    It works fine as long as you're booted to Windows using Boot Camp, not using Parallels or VMWare. Consider that CAD performance may not be adequate within Windows XP Mode as it's running as a virtual machine so graphics performance may be poor, but I'm not sure on that.
  3. Winni macrumors 68040


    Oct 15, 2008
    You're much better off installing Windows XP directly in VMWare Fusion or Parallels - the performance is much better than that of Microsoft's VirtualPC (which is the VM behind Win 7's "XP Mode"). Even VirtualBox does a better job than VirtualPC/XP Mode.

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